Monday, May 16, 2011

Demonstrations in Turkey against Internet censorship

Thousands of protesters have invested on Sunday, the streets of several Turkish cities to protest against censorship which are subject to the websites in this country. In Istanbul, about 5,000 people invested Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping street of the city, chanting "Free Turkey! Free Internet! Or" Tayyip, take off your legs with my Internet, "referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Stop Censorship", "Against the filtering by the imam for the free Internet," "Hands off my porn" could be read on the banners of the demonstrators. Demonstrations were planned in a thirty cities of Turkey. In Ankara, some 500 demonstrators responded to calls for the mobilization of various associations and small leftist parties, has been a photographer of the.

Access to thousands of web site has already been blocked in Turkey, often due to sexual content but also for political reasons, such as insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, which has earned the sharing site YouTube videos three-year ban. The situation was denounced by defenders of freedom of expression, who resent the vagueness of the legislation and the opacity of procedures leading to censorship of websites.

The organization of press freedom Reporters Without Borders has placed Turkey in its list of "under surveillance" for control of the Web. According to the organization, approximately 7000 websites are blocked in Turkey. On Sunday, demonstrators denounced in particular a new draft regulation, under which any Internet user is identified with a password when entering the Web and is forced to choose among the four filters to restrict use of its access to sites.

The measure, which also includes the possibility of prosecution for attempt to circumvent these filters, is to take effect Aug. 22. In April, the monitoring of the Internet has already sparked controversy by banning the use of 138 words - sometimes very mundane, like liseli (high school), hayvan (animal) or sarisin (blonde) - such as names areas.

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